The USGA Handicap System Authorized Golf Club Program for Clubs
The USGA Handicap System Authorized Program for Clubs is a requirement for all clubs in the United States wishing to utilize the USGA Handicap System™. If a club is a member club of the authorized golf association in its area, and a member club is considered as a club that uses the authorized golf association’s handicap computation service, then it must sign an agreement with the authorized golf association. Any independent golf club that is not part of an authorized golf association and wishes to utilize any aspect of the USGA Handicap System must be authorized directly through the USGA®.
Golf Club Audit Program
The USGA has initiated an audit program for golf clubs to ensure the integrity of the USGA Handicap System is being maintained. The USGA randomly selects authorized golf clubs to complete the audit program and to provide evidence that they are using the USGA’s formulas and service marks correctly in connection with the USGA Handicap System. All authorized golf clubs are subjected to being audited by the USGA, regardless of whether there is a compliance item in question or not.